SY 2014 2017

The Office of the Research and Development and Publication leads initiatives and provides services to enhance the pursuit of academic research in an environment adhering to the highest standards of scholarship to bring about a more dynamic and relevant higher educational institution.


  1. To set focus and direction on research and development efforts that will address pressing needs of stakeholders for 2014-2017
  2. To serve as a guide for researchers seeking internal and external funding.
  3. To assist in providing evidence based solutions to pressing needs of the university.
  4. To serve as a basis to maximize resource utilizations and minimize duplication of research efforts.


      The formulation of the USI Research Agenda is anchored on the following national and international commitments:

The Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) , which are eight international development goals to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, reduce child mortality rates, improve maternal health, combat diseases, ensure environmental sustainability, achieve universal primary education, gender equality, and develop global partnership for development by the year 2015.

The Commission on Higher Education (CHED ), endorses Research Agenda based on issues and concerns in Higher Education encapsulated in the National Higher Education Research Agenda-2 (NHERA-2) 2009-2018

The Department of Education (DepEd ), is guided by the 10 point Basic Education Agenda: A 12- year basic education cycle; universal pre-schooling for all; establish the Mandaris Education as a sub-system in the current educational system; re-introduce technical and vocational education in public high school; every child a reader by Grade 1; improve Science and Mathematics; expand government assistance to private education; use of mother-language instruction; better textbooks; build more schools in cooperation with LGUs.

The Department of Health (DOH ), the DOH agenda was elicited from the existing documentation and management and expert's inputs through multi-sectoral multidisciplinary consultations. The health research priorities are consolidated at the National Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) 2011-2016.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST ), the research priorities evolved from the 5-point priority program for 2011-2016 of the DOST. The agency by virtue of legislation created sub-offices engaging in researches of various discipline such as the Philippine Council for Health Research & Development (PCHRD), Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development (PCIERD), and Philippine Council for Agriculture Research and Development (PCARD). Operations and programs are cascaded to various regions through the regional consortia: BCHRD, BCIERD, and BCARD.


Research Priorities

Education and Education Management

Program/curricular studies on higher education including assessment of present programs/curricula for purposes of determining how these could be improved/ reengineered as well as international benchmarking of best practices toward the development of new programs/curricula leading edge disciplines.

Policy oriented studies research on the various dimensions of policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation focusing on but not limited to the following:

  1. Financing of higher education
  2. Economics of higher education
  3. Government and management of higher education
  4. Accreditation and other quality assurance mechanisms
  5. Internalization of higher education
  6. Access and equity measure:
  • Equivalence of Basic Education and Degree Programs in the Philippines and other countries
  • Gender sensitivity of the curriculum and instruction
  • Inclusive education for children with special needs
  • Institutional characteristics for an effective special educational program
  1. Student financing models
  2. Utilization of existing data leading to policy reformulation towards improved delivery of services

Research on quality and standards in the context of:

  1. International rankings and global benchmarking
  • Linkages between university and graduate programs and industry needs
  • Preparedness and capabilities of HEIs for the ASEAN 2015 and K-12 program of DepEd
  1. Quality assurance systems
  2. Equivalency

Technology and education - Utilization of Information and Computer Technology

  1. ICT integration in the teaching-learning process & its impact in the students' academic performance
  2. Self-efficacy and attitude towards computers of faculty and personnel
  3. Information system delivery
  4. Drivers and barriers to competitiveness for BPO
  5. Development of user-friendly ICT solutions to ICT-enabled health services

Model building studies - Development of models and paradigms for education Institutional building studies
Manpower demand and supply studies
Graduate Tracer studies
Alternative Learning System: Assessment and evaluation of the programs and the employability of its graduates


  • Evaluation of the flagship programs of the university
  • Acceptance/Attitude of USI Personnel on the integration of Health Services, Pili campus, and main campus
  • Characteristics/ Qualities of a true Isabelina/Isabelino
  • Life Skills of Graduating HED Students
  • Feasibility Study: Transfer of PT/Rehab to Chateau Sta. Isabel
  • Feasibility Study on the Bridging Program of the Health Services Department
  • Labor Market Intelligence (LMI)

Health Science:

  1. Health Service Delivery





  1. Health related concern


  1. Health Technology Development
  1. Access and Satisfaction levels of clients, especially the poor on health services, facilities, human resource and other resources
  2. Improvement of maternal and child health and nutrition:
  • Review and analyze the existing Basic Emergency Obstetric & Newborn Care (BEmONC) and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric & Newborn Care (CEmONC) system in terms of facilities, human resource expertise, usage and usefulness
  • Compliance with Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI)
  • Evaluation of the Family Planning Program
  • Evaluation of maternal health service delivery
  • Assessment of the feeding program
  1. New and alternative ways of Health Care Delivery Systems
  2. Health Needs and Services for Special population groups
  3. Impact assessment of service provision program Evaluate functionality of RHU and BHS in relation to district hospitals
  1. Interventional studies to reduce prevalence of infectious diseases affected by environmental change
  2. Health promotion for high-risk individuals
  3. Development of methods for assessment and management of nutrition and food safety problems
  1. Pre-clinical development from natural substances (herbal sources)
  2. Determination of health benefits and safety assessment of food and food components in reducing risk for disease occurrence specifically lifestyle related diseases such as Cardio Vascular Diseases (CVD), diabetes, and cancer:
  • Malungay
  • Yakun
  • Coconut products (coconut flour, coco sap sugar)
  • Ginger


Socio-environmental concerns
  1. Level of implementation of local ordinances on waste management
  2. Disaster risk management (prevention and mitigation) and capabilities of HEIs/community during emergencies
  3. Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  4. Development of integrated interventional models to reduce prevalence of infectious diseases affected by changes in the environment (e.g. dengue, tuberculosis)
  5. Correlation of climate sensitive diseases to increased temperature, rainfall and humidity
  6. Reduction of prevalence of water sanitation related diseases
  7. Issues on gender equality
  8. Gender and Development issues
  9. Impact of migration (OFW)
  10. Teenage pregnancy
  11. Re-examining poverty incidence in Naga
  12. Energy conversion & utilization, waste management, urban and ecological issues.
  13. Best practices of the university along the implementation of the MDGs
  1. Utilization and production of ______ as food product
  2. Herbal in various forms:
  • Inventory of the herbal plants in Camarines Sur (including pictures, location, parts of the plants used, common names and uses)
  • Preparation and utilization of Indigenous herbs for common illness
  • Dosage forms of herbal medicine
  1. Workbook/ Manual/ Module for various subjects
  2. Development of Innovative Teaching-Learning materials for various areas in the Basic Education Department
  3. Development of cost-effective technologies to prevent/ control/ monitor environmental pollution
  4. Development of intermediate food ingredients from local material sources (eg. Fruit concentrates)



Commission on Higher Education, (2009. National Higher Education Research Agenda-2 NHERA 2 2009-2016. Retrieved from accessed June 4 , 2014

Department of Science and Technology National Research Council of the Philippines. National Integrated Basic Research Agenda. Accessed from

Philippine National Health Research System, (2011). National Unified Health Research Agenda 2011-2016

UNICEF, (2011). Millenium Development Goals. Retrieved from accessed May 30 , 2014

USI Research and Development Center, (2013). Research Manual of Operations SY 2013-2014

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